The mission of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the enjoyment, conservation, study and understanding of wild birds and their habitats.
BirdLife South Africa is a registered non-profit and public benefit environmental organization with over 6 000 members in 32 bird clubs throughout South Africa. BirdLife South Africa produces its own birds and bird-watching magazine, African Birdlife.
BirdLife South Africa is honoured to have three distinguished South Africans, Mrs Gaynor Rupert, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Mr Mark Shuttleworth, as its Honorary Patrons.
Flock in the ‘Berg 2014 will take place in the northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, from 13-16 March 2014. This Flock will include birding opportunities with the country’s top bird guides, a presentation by an international speaker at the AGM, presentation of the prestigious Gill Memorial Medal and the inaugural Austin Roberts Memorial Award, and an opportunity to win, binoculars, bird books and more. Importantly, Flock in the ‘Berg 2014 will also incorporate a two-day LAB (Learn About Birds) on 13 and 14 March 2014. Whether you are an ornithologist, a conservationist, a citizen scientist or a weekend birder, we invite you to attend the 2014 LAB, co-hosted by BirdLife South Africa and the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Conservation is the primary reason for BirdLife South Africa's
existence. While we engage in, promote and support other activities, such as birding tourism, community-based conservation and education work, everything is geared towards achieving bird conservation goals. BirdLife South Africa believes that by conserving birds, we can conserve the broader environment. Birds are amongst
the most visible, and mobile, animals in our natural environments. A healthy environment will have a full complement of native birds, and for this reason birds are widely recognised as exceptionally good indicators of ecosystem health.
BirdLife South Africa makes a real difference to birds and their habitats, but our work costs money. We rely on the support and generosity of people and organisations to fund our vital work for conservation: we are grateful for any and all contributions.
Bird of the Year is one of BirdLife South Africa’s annual initiatives for creating awareness about birds and bird habitat conservation. The aim of the initiative is to choose a bird species and focus various activities and events on that species during the year. It is an important initiative to improve public awareness about the species and the need to protect the species (and related species) and their habitats.
African Birdlife is a bi-monthly magazine and includes well-written articles and
stunning photographs of our continent’s birds.
It is an important mouthpiece for BirdLife South Africa to create awareness about bird research and conservation work.